February 16-18, 2021 │ Pasadena, California
Research Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory
Mr. Duoba helped found and is now the senior engineer at ANL’s Advanced Mobility Technology Laboratory (AMTL). The AMTL uses novel instrumentation and state-of-the-art dynamometers to reveal important information on performance, energy consumption and emissions of emerging automotive technology.
He is an active member on SAE Standards Committees defining test procedures for efficiency, range and performance of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. He is a co-chair of the HEV/EV session at SAE’s WCX events and an associate editor of the SAE Journal of Alternative Powertrains. Michael also is an adjunct professor teaching a class on advanced powertrains at IIT in Chicago.
Mike received a BS from IIT and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Director, Energy Utilization, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Mark Duvall is Director of Energy Utilization at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an independent, non-profit center for public interest energy and environmental collaborative research. He is responsible for EPRI’s research and development programs for all end-use and customer electric technologies, including electric transportation, energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, distributed generation, power quality, electrification, and customer behavior. His areas of technical expertise include vehicle design, electric and plug-in hybrid powertrain systems, energy storage system design, end-use electrification and infrastructure, and testing.
Prior to joining EPRI in 2001, Duvall held the position of Principal Development Engineer at the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Center of the University of California, Davis. He began working in the field of advanced transportation in 1990 and has led the development of several prototype advanced plug-in electric vehicles. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1990 and his master’s degree in 1994, both in mechanical engineering, from the University of California, Davis and a doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1998 from Purdue University. He is a member of SAE and IEEE.
Principal Engineer, e-Powertrain Technical Affairs, Nissan Technical Center North America
Brian Johnston is a Principal Engineer in e-Powertrain Technical Affairs with Nissan Technical Center North America. His work currently focuses on understanding technical, social and regulatory challenges with deploying electrified vehicles. Prior to this, he managed Nissan’s US test fleet of fuel cell vehicles and developed prototype plugin hybrid electric vehicles with the University of California, Davis. Brian received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical & Materials Science Engineering and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Global Director of Electrified Propulsion Systems, FCA
Sinisa Jurkovic is currently with FCA as Global Director of Electrified Propulsion Systems with responsibilities for eMotors, Power Electronics & Electric Drive engineering.
Prior to his current role, Sinisa was Global Director of Engineering at Borg Warner responsible for Power Electronics & Rotating Electrics product development.
His other experience includes over 10 years at General Motors in several positions with increasing responsibility to Sr. Manager of Electric Drive Hardware & Controls Engineering.
Sinisa graduated from Michigan State University with BS, MS & Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. His professional interests include; hybrid-electric vehicles, virtual engineering and electric motors & power electronics. He is an active member and contributor of SAE and IEEE societies.
Technical Leader, Vehicle Controls & Architecture Controls and Automated Systems Research and Innovation Center, Ford Motor Company
Ming is a Technical Leader in vehicle controls and architecture at Research and Innovation Center of Ford Motor Company, leading the development of global vehicle control architecture and advanced electrified vehicle controls. He started his career at Ford as a control engineer in electric vehicle programs in 1991. He has worked in both research and production organizations in the area of vehicle dynamics and controls, electric, hybrid and hybrid plug-in, and fuel cell electric vehicles technologies, and vehicle controls for all powertrain technologies. In his prior and current positions, Ming played an instrumental role in the development of hybrid vehicle controls for both the first Escape Hybrid and the Fusion Start-Stop vehicles. He was recognized by the company with Henry Ford Technology Awards in 2005 and 2012 for his contributions to both developments respectively. His current responsibilities and interests range from developing and implementing global vehicle controls architecture for all vehicles including autonomous vehicle, establishing vehicle control system development and implementation methodologies, to advancing technologies and vehicle control for Electrification.
Ming has authored and co-authored over 50 technical papers published on IEEE journal, ASME, ACC, CDC, DSCC, SAE and other engineering conferences. He holds over 169 U.S. patents. He has received major awards from both internal and external of Ford, Technical Achievement Award in 2008 and 2011, SAE International Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering in 2007, and Henry Ford Technology Awards in 2005 and 2012, to name a few.
Ming is a member of SAE International. He holds a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from South China University of Technology in the People’s Republic of China.
Director of E-Mobility & New Technology Business, AVL
Suramya Naik is Director of E-Mobility and New Technology Business at AVL’s Menlo Park office, where he focuses on providing technology and business solutions for AVL’s automotive customers, including startup companies in California. Suramya has twenty years of combined experience in automotive engineering in the areas of conventional & electric powertrain and autonomous vehicles engineering development.
Suramya started his career with IC engine engineering development at AVL with focus on simulations, calibration, testing and software; and spent a decade on efficiency improvements and emissions reduction of various diesel and gasoline engines. Attracted by fundamental advantages of new high efficiency engine architectures, Suramya worked on developing opposed-piston engines, inventing to resolve technical challenges and making this technology practical for medium & heavy-duty applications. From 2017 onwards, Suramya has contributed on electric vehicle powertrain development, its integration with various vehicle systems. Suramya has rejoined AVL in 2019 and is continuing his work towards improving vehicle efficiency, reducing emissions and improving safety with new powertrain & autonomous driving technologies.
Suramya holds Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University. He holds eight patents and is primary author of five technical papers.
Group Manager, Electrified Vehicle Control Department, R&D Powertrain Unit, Toyota Motor North America
Heraldo Stefanon is a Group Manager in the Electrified Vehicle Control Department of R&D Powertrain Unit, at Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). Since entering Toyota in 1993, Mr. Stefanon dedicated his time to the development of the trucks for the US, being responsible for the emission development and compliance. In 2009, he transitioned to Hybrid Development to assist with the development of local calibration for hybrid vehicle projects. He now manages the department responsible for the Toyota Hybrid System running control software development for North America. Prior to joining Toyota, Mr. Stefanon engineering career started with the marine industry at Volvo Penta of Brazil, with a brief stint at the Southern CA Rapid Transit District in CA, where he supported the development of the emission laboratory for heavy duty vehicles.
Mr. Stefanon received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1989. He enjoys motorsports, outdoor sports and promoting environmentally and healthy ways of living.
Chief Engineer, Global Electric Propulsion Systems, General Motors
1983 – 1994 Systems Engineer with GM Hughes Electronics which included four years as Systems Engineer on the NASA Magellan mission to Venus and four years as a consultant to General Motors
1994 – 2016 Electrified propulsion systems engineering / group management, electrical safety, validation and program management on numerous electric and hybrid-electric vehicle programs including the EV1, Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Bolt and eAssist at General Motors
2016 - 2018 Director, Global Transmission & Electrification, Advanced Engineering
2019 - 2020 Director of Electric Vehicle Charging and Infrastructure
2020 – Present Chief Engineer, Global Electric Propulsion Systems
Mr. Tarnowsky earned a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master's of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Michigan.